5 Of The Best 15 Inch Subwoofer For Every Budget 2017

Looking for ways to let people feel your presence through earth-shaking bass? Or merely replacing your car’s factory sub? I have listed below different yet the best 15-inch subwoofer for your budget needs.

But let me warn you, if you are living in a conservative neighborhood, be prepared to get police warnings from time to time because 15-inch subs are designed to thump the chests of all who hears.

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My List of The Best 15 inch Subwoofer

1./ Kicker C154 250W 15" Comp Series Single 4 ohm Subwoofer

The best 15-inch subwoofer that’s sub $100​

Kicker C154

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 250 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 500 W
  • Frequency Response: 25-500 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 4
  • Sensitivity: 90.3 dB
  • Cutout diameter: 13-11/16”
  • Mounting depth: 7-7/16”

Recommended for: Individual to small group song listening

Kicker’s C154 may seem lacking in terms of power, this 15-inch subwoofer, however, compensated this regarding materials used from the driver to the stitches included.

The thick woofer cone along, put in place by yellow stitching, along with the 360-degree back bracing and the ribbed polyfoam surround gives the impression that it is built for durability. In fact, the manufacturer claims that these are meant to put up with high excursions.

C154 also employs heat dissipating features such as the vented pole piece, coil-cooling perimeter venting, and the high-temperature tolerant coil wire.

And since this subwoofer doesn’t require much power due to its relatively low RMS and high sensitivity, this gives us the idea that the entire subsystem doesn’t require much effort; hence, there is a lesser chance of it overheating.

Pros

  • Has high sensitivity
  • Expansive frequency response
  • Durable
  • Good for low powered amp without compromising sound
  • Hits lows accurately

Cons

  • Not for loud banging
  • May not be compatible with all song genres

2./ Skar Audio VD-15 D4 15" 500W RMS Dual 4 VD Series Shallow Mount Subwoofer

The best 15-inch subwoofer that’s around $100

Skar Audio VD-15 D4

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 500 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 800
  • Frequency Response: 39.7 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 2
  • Sensitivity: 88.2 dB
  • Cutout diameter: 13.9”
  • Mounting depth: 6.92”

Recommended for: Cars with shallow enclosures

If you think one 15-inch subwoofer is not enough to wake your neighbors up, and you want to step up your chest thumping game, Skar Audio’s VD-15 D4 allows you to hook up another driver to your amp for more boom.

This 15-inch subwoofer features dual voice coil at only two ohms. This means since the impedance is low and the driver has multiple terminals for wiring, you have the freedom to add more drivers as long as your amp can handle it.

Also, since the magnet used in this subwoofer is ferrite, it means that this driver can have less distortions even at higher volumes. So if you’re planning to let your entire block feel the bass from your car every time you pass by, you can do so without worrying about distorted frequencies.

And since ferrite magnets also have the ability to maintain its strength for a long time, your neighbors can be assured they’ll be able to feel your presence until further notice.

It also uses a copper coil, which means it’s more efficient in terms of conducting current because it can do so with less cross section area compared to an aluminum counterpart. This also means it can produce higher energy over the Xmax of the coil.

Pros

  • Low impedance
  • Dual voice coil
  • Ferrite magnet produces better sound at loud volumes
  • Uses copper coil
  • Space saver because its shallow mount

Cons

  • Relatively low sensitivity
  • Ferrite magnet used may be heavy and cracked after prolonged use

3./ Power Acoustik MOFO-154X MOFO 15-Inch Dual 4-Ohm VC 3000 Watt Pro Subwoofer

The best 15-inch subwoofer that’s mid- $100

Power Acoustik MOFO-154X MOFO

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 1700 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 3000 W
  • Frequency Response: NA
  • Nominal Impedance: 4
  • Sensitivity: 86.97 dB
  • Cutout diameter: NA
  • Mounting depth: 8.125”

Recommended for: Prolonged bass playing

If you are planning to create a loud bang for an extended period but are worried about your subwoofer overheating, try the MOFO-154X. Its heat protection features might just work for prolonged usage.

Some of these features include the die-cast aluminum heat sink dust cap. This cap absorbs heat from the voice coil that is not turned into sound. The fins of this dust cap also ensure heat is dissipated while the cone is strengthened.

It also has the vented T-Yoke and frame that reduces the build-up of heat from the voice coil. Venting is especially helpful in speakers that undergo high excursions such as a subwoofer because the high power also creates air that gets hot in a short span of time.

Lastly, this 15-inch subwoofer uses heat tolerant adhesives so that thermal failures may be resisted.

By the way, this subwoofer gives you the freedom of re-coning if you want to.

Pros

  • Has multiple heat protection features
  • Has a high continuous power handling
  • Voice coils are stitched so that premature damages may be avoided
  • Hits lows accurately
  • Relatively inexpensive

Cons

  • Low sensitivity
  • Not for shallow mounting

4./ Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3 DVC 2 Ohm 15-Inch 600 Watts RMS 1200 Watts Peak Subwoofer

The best 15-inch subwoofer that’s around $200

Rockford Fosgate P3D2-15 Punch P3

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 600 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 1200 W
  • Frequency Response: 21.7 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 2
  • Sensitivity: NA
  • Cutout diameter: 13.94”
  • Mounting depth: 7.58”

Recommended for: Permanent subwoofer replacement

Durability is probably the ultimate goal of this 15-inch subwoofer with the technologies Rockford Fosgate employed in designing it. Which is probably why, according to the company, P3D2-15 is the best performing sub in their series.

First in this list of technologies is power handling that conforms to the industry standard, particularly the CEA-2031. Loudspeakers that are CEA 2031 compliant means their wattage and total harmonic distortion have been tested; hence, the wattage listed is not taken from thin air.

In addition, this 15-inch subwoofer is Klippel Verified, meaning the equipment used to test the performance of this driver is one of the highest qualities in the industry.

Another technology used in this subwoofer is the stitched tinsel leads which reduce possible shorting and fatigue of the internal components. Add to that the anodized aluminum voice coil former that helps in dissipating heat. You can then be assured that this subwoofer will not turn into a barbecue when used for prolonged period.

Lastly, this 15-inch sub uses the Vertical Attach Surround Technique, which gives about 25% more cone area and minimizes the surrounding space.

Pros

  • VAST technology allows for bigger space for the cone
  • Durable
  • Has heat dissipating features
  • Delivers clean and undistorted bass even at high volumes and frequency
  • Delivers loud bass despite relatively low RMS

Cons

  • Some customers complained of the inner parts falling off.

5./ Orion HCCA152 15" HCCA Series 2 Ω 4000W DVC

The best 15-inch subwoofer that’s more than $300

Orion HCCA152

Specifications

  • Power Handling, RMS: 2500 W
  • Power Handling, Peak: 5000 W
  • Frequency Response: 21 - 100 Hz
  • Nominal Impedance: 2
  • Sensitivity: 87.2 dB
  • Cutout diameter: 15.079”
  • Mounting depth: 11.575”

Recommended for: Loud and large partying

You want power? HCCA152 gives you lots of it. And when I say lots, I say thousands of it. So if you are planning to throw a birthday bash, no need to ask your neighbors to come over. Let them stay where they are, and they can feel the party bang right from their homes.

Aside from power loading, this 15-inch subwoofer incorporated several protective features to ensure performance that is not short lived.

Some of these are including a moisture and UV resistant dust cap and paper cone, custom cast aluminum frame, and three stacks of ceramic magnets.

It also includes a cooling system such as the voice coil gap vents, a heat sink with fins and vent holes, and high-temperature voice coil.

Also, if re-coning is your thing, the HCCA152 provides the re-coning kit.​

Pros

  • High RMS power
  • Low impedance
  • Has meshed areas to keep unwanted objects from reaching the voice coil gap
  • Hits really low lows
  • Can give you the pickup shaking you want

Cons

  • Relatively pricey

Conclusion

15-inch subwoofers are fun to have especially if you are into taking with you a party wherever you go.

But not all subs this size can do the work. Some are just big on sizes but not on the punch they create. Which is why I scoured the internet to give you the best 15-inch subwoofer for each budget requirement you have in mind.

Each of these is proven not only to sound good but to set off neighbors’ car alarms as well.

Want to know more about choosing subwoofer? Read my previous article for tips.

Erin Taylor
 

Chief editor of YouthTune, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.

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